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The Unified Computing Story, or ‘Cisco’s History in the Data Center’

With our announcement of our Unified Computing System on Monday, I wanted to provide a little bit of the historical context of how Cisco got into the data center technology space:A lot of people say it started with the Nexus line, others say our entrance into storage with the MDS SAN Director.  I think it started a little bit before those, back in 1996….In 1996 Cisco introduced the Channel Interface Processor for the Cisco 7500 series of routers.  The CIP as it was affectionately known used Bus and Tag, Parallel, or ESCON interfaces to connect to an IBM mainframe, and turn the terminal traffic traditionally run on SNA networks to a format that would run on IP networks.  This allowed the consolidation of many parallel networks for ATM machines, credit card verification, airline terminals, etc. What a lot of people do not realize is that consolidation is one of the foundational elements that enabled the airport kiosk check-in, video enabled ATM machines with decent user interfaces, and other kiosk/embedded systems that front-ended mainframe back ends. Read More »

BusinessWeek with Cisco CEO John Chambers: “Smart Management for Tough Times”

Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers talks with BusinessWeek about how he innovates and how that leads to changes at the company. BusinessWeek Management Editor Jena McGregor cites Chambers in writing the introductory essay to this week’s cover story “Game Changing Ideas For Business.” Her full essay is here, “Smart Management for Tough Times: Breakthrough management ideas for a world in which the game will never be the same.” She quotes Chambers as saying: “Without exception, all of my biggest mistakes occurred because I moved too slowly.”This comes from Peter Burrows, BusinessWeek senior writer, interview with Chambers: “At Cisco, ‘Downturn’ Screams Long-Term Opportunity“In the following video and Q&A with Burrows, Chambers explains “how he’s building network share while moving into such new markets as health care and security and surveillance.”

All You Wanted to Know About Cisco Unified Computing But Were Afraid to Ask

So, here we are. Today, we (officially) announce our Unified Computing system. There has been quite the buzz in the industry for awhile about Cisco introducing blade servers and what not, but see for yourself what we are…and what we are not doing.Our press release: Cisco Unleashes the Power of Virtualization with Industry’s First Unified Computing SystemPodcast with Cisco and SavvisVIDEO: Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers on Unified ComputingOur Data Center BlogCisco Data Center on Twitter = @CiscoDC Read More »

Cisco’s Unified Computing System Debuts

It has been hard sitting by and watching the rumor mill go into overdrive but we are finally ready to take the wraps off our innovative new system for the data center … Cisco’s Unified Computing System. Cisco talked previously about delivering on the promise of virtualization through Unified Computing — essentially by creating a “central nervous system” that bridges the silos in the data center via architecture that unites compute, network, storage access, and virtualization resources.Many reports have positioned today’s announcement as a blade server launch, and while there is a compute element to Cisco’s Unified Computing System, it is much more than that… Cisco’s Unified Computing System is unique in that it is the first integrated system to bring together physical and virtual compute resources plus networking technology to create a unified computing fabric. Read More »

White Oak Plantation – Clinton Global Initiative

I had the great privilege of representing Cisco lask week at the Clinton Global Initiative planning retreat, the precursor to the larger meeting in New York in September that brings together many of the world’s elite from business and government.The meeting last week was at the White Oaks Plantation, an extraordinary 7,400 acres of pristine woodlands on the banks of the St. Mary’s River, 30 miles north of Jacksonville, Florida. The natural surroundings along with the wildlife conservation center provided an incredible setting. Read More »